Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has arrived in regional court of Rostov-on-don to testify in the case about the events on the Maidan in Kiev in 2014. Live video of the interrogation that began on Friday at 14:00 Moscow time (13:00 Kyiv), the Ukrainian site UNIAN.
Questioning Yanukovych is carried out by representatives of the Svyatoshinsky court of Kiev by video link. The meeting started with a ping. Then the lawyer Yanukovych asked the court to ensure participation in the interrogation of suspects, former employees of Ukrainian special forces “Berkut”.
A live broadcast of the interrogation in the Kiev court has accredited about 300 journalists. Moreover, among them there were no representatives from the Russian media – they all was denied accreditation. In Rostov have gathered much less – only about a hundred people, reports “Moskovsky Komsomolets”.
The police did not rule out that the questioning to Rostov came as Yanukovych’s supporters and opponents, and in this connection it has not excluded the provocation. In this regard, in Rostov taken special security measures. Near the courthouse is on duty ambulance and a dozen cars DPS. Adjacent to the court the streets are the police. At the entrance to the court – five armed guards.
In addition to Yanukovych, the court questioned the former commander of the Interior troops of Ukraine Stanislav Shulyak. Both of them are witnesses in the case of five former employees of special division “Berkut”, who are accused of murder of Maidan activists in February 2014, UNIAN reports.
It was also reported that Yanukovych plans to hold a Friday press conference in Rostov after videotapes in the Ukrainian court. The event will take place in one of the exhibition centers in Rostov-on-don.
Viktor Yanukovych fled with his family from Ukraine in late February 2014 after protests in Central Kiev. February 22 the Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution stating that Yanukovych “withdrew” from the performance of duties. The powers of the President were transferred to the speaker of the Rada Oleksandr Turchynov on may 25, 2014 was held early presidential elections, which were won by Petro Poroshenko.
At home Yanukovych was accused of several crimes including premeditated mass murder, in which he was declared internationally wanted.
In addition, the security Service of Ukraine brought on Yanukovych’s criminal case on usurpation of power, and the Prosecutor General of Ukraine opened a criminal case on misappropriation of state property.
In June 2015, the Interpol stopped search of the ex-President after Yanukovych’s lawyers filed a complaint against the alleged political nature of his prosecution.
This summer, the state office of public Prosecutor of Russia has refused to extradite Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych, as he felt his prosecution in the homeland politically motivated.